Wednesday 19 September 2018

Ozil 'can do more' for Arsenal, insists Emery

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Photo: Getty Images
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Photo: Getty Images

Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil that he is entering a new phase in his career and, ahead of his 30th birthday next month, challenged the German playmaker to "do more" and raise his performances.

With Ozil now retired from international football, Emery has had a prolonged opportunity to work with his highest-profile and best-paid player over this past fortnight and is adamant that they do have a strong relationship.

The dynamic between player and manager was questioned when Ozil was substituted after 68 minutes of the defeat against Chelsea and then missed the following match against West Ham United after falling ill.

It was the seventh time since 2017 that Ozil had missed a match through illness and, should he feature tomorrow against Newcastle United, it will be the first time he has played at St James' Park.

"For me, it is a new moment," said Emery. "That's the same for Mesut. He is working well. I want to push the players. I look at him with the focus totally here. He is feeling like I am feeling: he can improve, he can do more."

Meanwhile, Emery would like to sort out an extension to left-back Nacho Monreal's contract. "He is 32 years old but I think physically he is playing at a very good level," added the Arsenal manager.

Irish Independent

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